Malaysian Filmmaker’s Movie About Autism Aims to Reach Global Audience
“Redha” is a film about Danial, a 6-year-old boy with autism, and the challenges he and his parents face.
The independent motion picture was directed by Malaysian filmmaker Tunku Mona Riza, and she tells the Sun Daily that it was inspired by her close friend’s child, who has autism.
After a lengthy discussion, Riza’s friend introduced her to other parents of kids with autism, and she moved forward with production on the film.
“I want ‘Redha’ to be a movie that represents the voice of families with autistic children, and what they have gone through to bring them up,” Riza told the Daily Sun. “Almost all the scenes in ‘Redha‘ are based on true experiences.”
“Redha, the film, is not just about autism; it is about family, it is about the people we might know,” reads a brief bio on the film’s Facebook page. “It is about us.”
“The movie not only entertains you but also creates awareness about autism,” Shahili Abdan, the actor who plays Danial’s father, told the Daily Sun. “It tells you that no child should be discriminated against. All children deserve to be loved and cared for.”
The film was released on April 14, 2016.